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IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival Events

14th -18th

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Origami club

Sat 14, 21 and 28 October 11am – 12pm

Oxfordshire County Library, OX1 1DJ

Teenage / Adult

Learn how to fold paper through the ancient art and simple pleasure of origami. Make birds, fish, dragons, stars, flowers and use your skills for endless creativity. Come with friends, bring family or join solo to work with and forge friendships among fellow folders. WORKSHOP

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Origami: maths within the art

Sat 14 October | 1 – 2.30pm

Oxfordshire County Library, OX1 1DJ

Teenage / Adult

Have you ever made a paper boat or a crane? Origami folds follow mathematical rules to create geometry and dimension from a flat piece of paper. Peter Buchan-Symons is an origami artist who reveals hidden geometry and shows how a little bit of maths can help you create pleasing origami designs. - TALK / WORKSHOP

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Reclaim your life in a tech-obsessed world

Sat 14 October | 1.30 - 2.30pm

Somerville College Chapel, OX2 6HD

Teenage / Adult

You’re constantly getting the message that you’re being controlled by technology – but do you actually have far more agency than you think? Psychologists Elaine Kasket and Ulrik Lyngs discuss how to get back in the driver’s seat in your interactions with tech, in a conversation that will help you align your technology use with the kind of life and relationships you want. - DISCUSSION

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Choral Contemplation

Sunday 15 October | 5.30 – 6.30pm

Somerville College Chapel, OX2 6HD

Teenage / Adult

Hear the Somerville College Choir alongside an undenominational thought-provoking service in the Chapel, described as ‘A House of Prayer for all People’. Choral Contemplation takes place year-round and this special event offers a unique perspective on the challenges faced by our society. - PERFORMANCE

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Communicating care

Monday 16 October | 6 – 7.30pm

Somerville College, OX2 6HD

Teenage / Adult

Whether in treatment or diagnosis, when it comes to how doctors talk to you about health and health behaviours, language matters. Researchers in clinical communication and health behaviours share methods of communication science and reveal often hidden mechanisms of conversation through talks, dance and poetry. Where will language lead you? PERFORMANCE / DISCUSSION

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The Breakup Monologues: friendship

Tue 17 October | 7 – 8pm

The Bullingdon, OX4 1UE

Teenage / Adult

Rosie Wilby returns for the next chapter of relationship psychology. Dubbed ‘the queen of breakups’ on BBC Radio 4, Rosie is known for her comedic reflections on the human condition. In this podcast recording of The Breakup Monologues, also available as a book, expect humour, heartache and of course science. Grab a drink and join guests Robin Dunbar and Max Dickins to discuss the beginnings and endings of platonic friendships. PERFORMANCE

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Improbable research: scientific answers to ridiculous questions

Tue 17 October | 8.30 – 9.30pm

The Bullingdon, OX4 1UE

Teenage / Adult

The Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded annually to celebrate unusual and seemingly trivial achievements in scientific research. Tonight, Dr Tom Crawford, creator of Tom Rocks Maths shares some of his personal favourites, from constipated scorpions to obese politicians, and delves deeper into the comedic world of ‘award winning’ research. - PERFORMANCE

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Glow Your Own (2 of 6)

Wed 18 October | 5 – 6.30pm

Online event

Age 7 – 12 / Teenage / Adult

Get ready for the Oxford Light Festival by creating your very own moving lantern. This weekly workshop series will help you build your own creative circuit with sensors that control LEDs and motors. Receive an Arduino starter kit (sent to UK addresses by post) and use tools like Tinkercad to combine art and engineering. Six live video sessions recorded to watch again on if-oxford.com - WORKSHOP

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STARMAKERS: The Energy of Tomorrow

Wed 18 October | 7 – 9pm

Science Oxford Centre, OX3 8SB

Teenage / Adult (Rating U)

The Joint European Torus is the world’s largest star machine, working in the heart of Oxfordshire. The UK Atomic Energy Authority is pushing physical and engineering boundaries to test fusion fuels for the future. Join fusion scientists in discussion after this documentary screening of scientists and engineers breaking a world record. FILM / DISCUSSION

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Answer Machine Tape 1987

Wed 18 October | 7.30 – 9.30pm

St John’s College, OX1 3JP

Teenage / Adult

Pianist Zubin Kanga performs with technology transforming the piano into a typewriter able to tell tender stories. Music combines knitting needles and MiMU sensor gloves to create cavernous sounds and intertwines synthesisers with brain data in a tribute to Ada Lovelace. Featuring Answer Machine Tape 1987, which explores the ’80s New York art scene, queer history and the AIDS crisis through tragic and playful sound worlds. - PERFORMANCE

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